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Microsoft Corp.’s latest operating system for desktops and notebooks has received a fair amount of criticism for dumping Start button and introducing Metro-style start screen. However, the rumours have it that Windows 8.1 “Blue” update might bring back not only optional traditional desktop on boot, but also the selective Start menu.

Microsoft may be working on an option to jump straight to the desktop for users in Windows Blue, according to code found inside important operating system files, reports WinBeta web-site. Currently users see the Start Screen on boot and cannot turn it off; in Windows 8.1 “Blue” users will be able to choose an option to skip the Start Screen and jump directly to desktop.

Since the users of Windows 8 have also criticized the usage of the Start Screen in favor of the usage of the Start Menu in general, Microsoft is also considering bringing back the Start button as an option with Windows Blue, reports ZDnet web-site.

Since Microsoft has publicly said that the majority of Windows 8 users do not miss boot-to-desktop and Start button, it is hard to imagine that the company might change its mind with the major update to Windows platforms and services code-named Blue. Moreover, keeping in mind that the pack will include updates to tablet-oriented Windows RT, the introduction of boot-to-desktop and Start menu is unlikely. Still, Microsoft could make both optional to satisfy the needs of classic Windows users. For example, the company changed the implementation of User Account Control (UAC) in Windows 7 after heavy criticism from Windows Vista users.

Microsoft is now expected to release Windows 8.1 to manufacturing sometimes in August, 2013, which will give PC makers plenty of time to prep their all-new PCs for the holiday season. It is expected that the first PCs with 8.1 updates will emerge in September, 2013. 

Since Blue includes updates for numerous operating systems, services and devices that Microsoft has to offer, it is logical to expect them to land to Windows RT and Windows Phone platforms as well. The Blue update for Windows RT will be referred to as “Windows RT 8.1”, according to ZDnet.

While the full picture of Blue updates remains generally unclear, the enhancements of Windows 8.1 over Windows 8 have already been published:

  • New split-screen App options.
  • Improved modern UI PC settings.
  • New tile sizes.
  • New search interface.
  • Enhanced SkyDrive.
  • Internet Explorer 11.
  • Swipe up from Start Screen to access list of apps.
  • More personalization options.
  • Picture frame mode.
  • New gestures.
  • New Apps: Calculator, Alarm, Sound Recorder, Movie Moments(video editing application).


Microsoft did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, Windows 8, Blue, Windows RT


Comments currently: 9
Discussion started: 04/17/13 05:57:22 PM
Latest comment: 04/18/13 04:35:36 PM
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Its not a .. should they bring it back its a .. it should have been an OPTION to have or not to from the START.. mind the pun.

People do like options..
5 0 [Posted by: vid_ghost  | Date: 04/17/13 05:57:22 PM]
- collapse thread

And that's why we like Linux.
3 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 04/17/13 07:16:33 PM]
yes, the huge marketshare shows it
3 1 [Posted by: Rollora  | Date: 04/17/13 11:23:18 PM]
Windows popularity has little to do with why Linux users enjoy using Linux. Your sarcasm is misguided.
2 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 04/18/13 12:53:27 AM]

"the majority of Windows 8 users do not miss boot-to-desktop and Start button"

Yeah because everyone who cares is sticking with Win 7, like me and apparently the rest of the world. Might as well say "the majority of people who drive cars use gas".
7 1 [Posted by: AnonymousGuy  | Date: 04/17/13 06:28:52 PM]

Perhaps they should put a "The End" button on Win 8 as this is clearly the end of Microsuck's reign of terror monoploy in operating systems with most people having flatly rejected this crapware.
3 1 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 04/17/13 07:53:38 PM]


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